Executive Board


Kelly Belbin

Kelly Belbin is the President of COPE Local 343, after participating on the Executive Board for three terms, and as a COPE Local 343 member for 10 years.
During Kelly’s time as a COPE Member before being elected to the COPE Local 343 Executive board she was a Trustee. Since being elected to the Executive Board as Member at Large, she also held the role of Chair of the Political Action Committee active in the fairness works campaign. 
Prior to Kelly’s time as a COPE member she was on the executive board of CUPE Local 2191 serving as their treasurer for 2.5 terms, membership chair for 1.5 terms, and participated in the health and safety committee, labor management committee, and bargaining support committee.
While a CUPE member, she also co-chaired the CUPE Ontario Young Workers Committee, and participated in the Human rights committee.
Kelly also has strong roots in Scarborough, being active in her community with her Local NDP Riding association, and as a member of the board of directors at Progress Childcare Centre for 6 years.
Kelly is a proud Mom to Aidan, who also enjoys campaigning during elections, participating in rallies, and attending union functions! 
Tanya La Rush has been a member of our local for over 24 years and brings with her a wealth of knowledge and skills.  She has held such roles as Steward, Chief Steward and Bargaining Committee member.  She currently holds roles such as Certified Health and Safety member, Pay Equity committee member (Job Evaluation), By-law committee member and others.  She is currently the Chair of the COPE Local 343 Education Committee and is involved in political action and various community and union-friendly campaigns.  She is a member of the ONDP and is a staunch advocate for equity and inclusiveness. She self-identifies with her Indigenous roots as Métis and is actively researching her family’s history.  She is a proud mother of her two daughters who are both post-secondary school students and enjoys many activities such as movies, concerts and the outdoors.

Tanya La Rush

Ronda Allan

Ronda Allan has been a member of COPE Local 343 since 1997. During this time, she has been involved in the union as a Bargaining Unit member, steward, chief steward, and as an elected official on the Local 343 Executive Board throughout four terms as Trustee, Member at Large and is currently fulfilling a two-year term as Treasurer. Ronda was also part of the Facilitator Mentorship program lead by COPE Ontario.

Ronda currently represents Local 343 on her employer’s Joint Health and Safety Committee. She has also sat as a representative on various other committees such as Pay Equity Job Evaluation, Pension, Training Fund, and Job Descriptions.

Ronda works as a managing/assistant editor and graphic designer and is a lifelong learner who has completed BA in Fine Art (History of Art) and post-secondary Certificate Programs in Design Management, Publishing and Graphic Design. She also continuously attends COPE workshops and forums to gain insight and knowledge on topics and issues that involve our members.

An 18-year member of Local 343, employed by the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Local 128.

Positions Held
-Union Steward
-Member At Large
-Current Recording Secretary

Local 343 Committees
-Labour Day


Recording Secretary

Members At Large

Karine Forcier

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I have been a member of COPE Local 343 for the last 25+ years. A friend and colleague once told me that if you want to see change, you need to get involved, and so I did as a steward and a bargaining committee member. Advocating for those who are not able to and helping others and social justice has always been a strong value of mine and I will continue to do that at the board level!  I believe in a more just world. In my spare time I love to spend time with my family, my dog Maya, gardening, talking about politics and I make the best biriyani in town!

Ethiraju Ramachandar

Ethiraju Ramachandar

Josh Upper

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Youth Member At Large

Michelle Stankevicius

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Michelle is a young, queer worker currently working for a small non-profit. She decided to get further involved with COPE Local 343, running for the Young Worker at Large, to bring her unique experiences to the table and to advocate for young workers all over. With education and background in Social Work, she is passionate about working towards equity and worker rights and general education to the public on the importance of unions and protecting the rights of all workers.

Outside of work, Michelle is passionate about social justice and environmental initiatives. She enjoys spending time in nature and reading.

Equity Seats

Cornetta Mason

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My name is Cornetta Mason. I have worked for Unitehere Local 75 for 23 years as a Union organizer and a Shop steward with Cope for the past 14 years.

During my career as an Organizer, I have successfully organized and brought Union to several establishments such as Novotel downtown, Travelodge Airport, Holiday Inn Toronto, as well as winning a three month strike at Holiday Inn Express Toronto.

I have encouraged many workers from hotels, food services and gaming outlets to become vital in moving the Union agenda forward in their respective hotel as shop stewards.

As a newly elected equity committee board member, I intend to being the same drive and dedication to making sure that all groups play a vital role in our industry.

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Donna St. Louis


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